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  • Two homeowners with guns confront intruders in Pierce County(WA)

    04/06/2012 4:58:56 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies ^ | 5 April, 2012 | NA
    BONNEY LAKE, Wash. – Two Pierce County homeowners pulled guns on people trying to break into their homes Thursday morning. Bonney Lake Police said a man was napping at his home in the 8000 block of 205th Avenue East when he heard someone ringing the doorbell. He ignored it, but then heard the person kicking the door. The owner grabbed a shotgun and confronted the intruder. The suspect then fled in a pickup truck, but not before the homeowner fired a shot. Police say there was no indication the car or the intruder was hit. Police said they are searching...
  • Why Is WA State U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan Working With CAIR?

    03/21/2012 12:59:06 PM PDT · by johnqueuepublic · 11 replies ^ | March 21, 2012 | William Mayer
    Why Is WA State U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan Working With CAIR?By WILLIAM MAYER March 21, 2012 - San Francisco, CA - - Since the DOJ's U.S. Attorneys are the chief federal law enforcement officers in their various districts, we were more than a bit surprised to find that Jenny Durkan, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington State, had developed an ongoing relationship with the tainted Islamist pressure group, the Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR]. According to its website "CAIR-Washington is working with Ms. Durkan's staff to provide feedback and direction for the anti-bullying initiative, as well...
  • Hunters fighting to stop Thurston Co. gun ordinance(WA)

    04/05/2012 7:45:14 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 5 April, 2012 | Bryan Johnson
    OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Hunters in Olympia say a proposed gun control ordinance is illegal and dangerous, and they're fighting to keep it off the books. The Thurston County Commission is mulling a proposed ordinance that would make it illegal to fire a gun on county shores. "Both the residents and the commissioners are persuaded that discharge of firearms in this area is no longer safe because of population density," said Commissioner Karen Valenzuela. That plan isn't sitting well with local hunters, who say the waters around Olympia are prime locations for duck hunting. The hunters showed up in droves to...
  • North Bend man shoots, kills home intruder in Si View neighborhood(WA)

    04/03/2012 7:29:19 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 1 April, 2012 | NA
    A North Bend man shot and killed an intruder who smashed his way into a Si View residence late Friday. According to media reports and the King County Sheriff's Office, the resident, who is 46 years old, and his girlfriend were awakened just before midnight when a man, apparently a burglar, threw a propane tank through their sliding glass door. They live at the 400 block of Orchard Drive. Reports stated that while the residents hid, they could hear the intruder rummaging through their belongings. The male resident warned the intruder several times that he had a gun, but the...
  • Self-defense killing is North Bend’s first violent death in 7 years(WA semi-barf)

    04/03/2012 7:23:51 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 2 April, 2012 | CAROL LADWIG
    It had been been nearly eight years since North Bend law enforcement investigated a suspicious death within city limits, until last Friday, when a North Bend resident shot and killed a man who’d broken into his home. In last Friday’s tragedy near Si View Park, law enforcement found a “clear case of self-defense,” but on Oct. 28, 2004, they investigated a murder-suicide that claimed the lives of the owners of Happy Sushi and Teriyaki on Southwest Mount Si Boulevard. Man Chung, who owned the restaurant with his wife, Kwang, had a history of domestic violence, and a court order to...
  • Exciting AKTI Knife Legislation Moving Forward(LA,AK,SC,PA,WA)

    04/02/2012 8:55:27 AM PDT · by marktwain
    Ammoland ^ | 29 March, 2012 | Jan Billeb
    WASHINGTON, DC --( Several of the states where we have been working to introduce bills to remove restrictions for law-abiding knife owners are moving forward. There’s exciting things happening in several states. Take action TODAY to tell your legislators to vote YES. LOUISIANA KNIFE BILL WILL PROVIDE CLEAR DEFINITION OF SWITCHBLADES SB 78 sponsored by Senator Dan “Blade” Morrish will clearly separate utility, work and hunting knives from being classified as illegal switchblades. Incorporating our “bias toward closure” language will align Louisiana knife law with the 2009 definition amended to the Federal Switchblade Act. Dan Lawson, AKTI’s Legal Contributing Counsel,...
  • North Bend homeowner shoots and kills intruder(WA)

    04/01/2012 5:23:56 PM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies ^ | 31 March, 2012 | NA
    NORTH BEND, Wash. -- A homeowner shot and killed a man who broke into the bedroom where the homeowner and his girlfriend were hiding. The incident started just after 11:30 p.m. Friday night in the 300 block of SE 5th St in North Bend. A woman called 911 and said that an unknown man was pounding on her door and windows, yelling to be let in. Deputies arrived and didn't locate the suspect but heard a large crash and then banging from a nearby house. The police dispatcher told the deputies that she just received another 911 call from a...
  • Wildlife overpasses planned at Snoqualmie Pass

    03/25/2012 5:21:33 PM PDT · by SJackson · 21 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 3-25-12
    YAKIMA, Wash. — There was no way the agencies monitoring wildlife along the Interstate 90 corridor could supply the manpower needed for a yearlong survey of animals along the highway, so they turned to you. Well, you and anyone else who drives the stretch of I-90 connecting Eastern and Western Washington. That was the genesis of the I-90 Wildlife Watch, a multi-agency effort that enlisted public volunteers -- commuters -- to document wildlife sightings. "That information is really hard to collect," said Paula MacKay, an Ellensburg-based research associate with Western Transportation Institute. "You have to be in the right place...
  • Man Sentenced to 24 Years for 1979 Murder After Long-Held Secret Revealed

    03/24/2012 3:54:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies · 1+ views
    The Republic (Indiana) ^ | March 24, 2012 | Diana Hefley
    Her name was written in the thick murder book. Three decades later Snohomish County sheriff's detectives came knocking on her door. She knew why the two men were there. The moment finally had come to share the secret she'd been lugging around since she was 18 years old. She could tell them who killed Susan Schwarz. The words eventually tumbled out. She had been in the small Lynnwood-area home in 1979 when Gregory Johnson grabbed a pretty, young woman out of her shower, tied her up and put a bullet in her head. Johnson, then 26, looked up to find...
  • Wife's tip led FBI to man [left-wing nut] held in Congress threats

    03/14/2012 11:25:59 AM PDT · by matt1234 · 7 replies ^ | Mar. 14, 2012 | unknown
    A Vancouver, Wash., man accused of sending letters containing white powder to members of Congress fell under FBI scrutiny after his wife told an officer that he laced the envelopes with a mixture of celery salt and corn starch. The FBI focused on Christopher Lee Carlson, 39, after a Vancouver police officer told them about a March 4 interview she had with Carlson's wife about Carlson's recent emotional turmoil, The Oregonian reported. --SNIP-- The sender wanted an "end to corporate money and `lobbying,'" an end to corporate "personhood" and a new constitutional convention. The Associated Press obtained a copy of...
  • Man arrested for breaking into King County Jail

    03/12/2012 5:21:19 PM PDT · by matt1234 · 9 replies · 1+ views ^ | 3/12/2012 | Brandi Kruse
    Police say a man tried to break into the King County Jail Sunday, and was subsequently booked into the jail for criminal trespass. Staff at the jail noticed the man climb over a fence into a secure area of the facility in the 500 block of 5th Ave. He then made several attempts to open a locked door. "Officers did ask him and he offered absolutely no explanation as to why he was attempting to break into the jail," said Detective Renee Witt with the Seattle Police Department, whose officers were called to the scene. "They didn't have to drive...
  • Kitsap Gun Club Dodges Bullet(WA)

    03/12/2012 9:49:40 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 12 March, 2012 | NA
    Kitsap Gun Club Dodges Bullet The Kitsap Rifle and Revolver Club, in the cross hairs of Kitsap County attorneys following public nuisance allegations, will only have to pay $480 in court costs, rather than the $60,000 sought by the county. A superior court judge ruled that state law limits the gun club’s liability to filing fees, the costs of serving documents and similar charges, excluding the “investigative expenditures sought by county attorneys. The Judge did order the shooting range to remain closed until the club obtains county land use authorization, which requires a public hearing before the Kitsap county hearing...
  • You Can Keep Packing Heat In Seattle Parks, Supreme Court Overrules Gun Ban(WA)

    03/11/2012 7:38:50 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 9 March, 2012 | Johnathon Fitzpatrick
    Two Seattle mayors have now tried to ban guns from public parks and community centers. But this week the Second Amendment Foundation, National Rifle Association, and five permitted gun owners who sued the city were vindicated in Washington State's Supreme Court. The impetus for the guns-in-parks ban was the 2008 Folklife Festival shooting, in which two attendees were shot and injured. Shortly after, then Mayor Greg Nickels said that the reason for the order was simple: "Our parks, our community centers and our public events are safer without guns." But that argument, not surprisingly, wasn't enough for the State's highest...
  • The flimsy sham of ‘public safety’ in gun prohibition argument(WA)

    03/11/2012 7:10:12 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 9 March, 2012 | Dave Workman
    In the wake of Thursday’s gun rights victory in Washington State, as the final legal nail was driven into Seattle’s gun ban coffin by the State Supreme Court’s rejection of its appeal in Winnie Chan v. City of Seattle, Mayor Mike McGinn and City Attorney Pete Holmes played the “children and families” card. Earlier this week, after a federal judge in Maryland declared that state’s “good and substantial reason” requirement for issuing a concealed carry permit in that state to be unconstitutional, the state Attorney General’s office played the “public safety” card in its effort to stay the judge’s ruling...
  • Seattle bitterly vows to lobby for erosion of state preemption(WA)

    03/09/2012 7:00:33 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 8 March, 2012 | Dave Workman
    Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes evidently cannot take “no” for an answer. Reacting today to the State Supreme Court’s denial of a petition for review in Seattle’s appeal of its double-loss in an effort to adopt a city parks gun ban in defiance of Washington’s 29-year-old state preemption statute, reported by this column earlier, Holmes told the Seattle Times that the city will take its campaign to the legislature next year. “Seattle sought a second look not only on behalf of its residents but for all forms of local governments in the state that want authority over their own properties....
  • Cease Fire bus ad campaign a willful violation of Metro policy(WA)

    03/08/2012 5:21:59 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 7 March, 2012 | David Codrea
    “New bus ads draw the ire of gun rights advocates,” KOMO News reports: Local buses are full of ads for everything from necklaces to web search engines. But a new ad campaign from Washington Cease Fire has stirred controversy. "When you have a gun in the home, you are 22 times more likely to kill a family member or a friend than you are an intruder," said Ralph Fascitelli of Washington Cease Fire. Whatever the statistics, Second Amendment advocates aren't happy with the ads. Indeed, and Seattle Gun Rights Examiner Dave Workman, quoted in the KOMO story, tells us why...
  • Spokane Animal Hoarding suspect “pimped herself out” for hay

    03/07/2012 11:12:43 AM PST · by matt1234 · 20 replies
    Northwest Cable News ^ | March 6, 2012 | unknown
    SPOKANE-- A couple weeks ago Spokane County Animal Protection Officers seized nearly 100 large animals from a property in Elk during an animal cruelty investigation. --SNIP-- Court documents say their owner 35-year-old Michelle Stiner told officers a dead goat found underneath a blue feed possibly was kicked by a pony stallion. --SNIP-- Court documents say Stiner told investigators she was "performing sexual acts for people” and "pimping herself out" to get hay.
  • Just Left My County Caucus in Washington State and......

    03/03/2012 12:50:29 PM PST · by Samizdat · 41 replies
    Samizdat | 3/3/12 | Samizdat
    50+ precincts were represented and it looks like Ron Paul, then Santorum. then Gingrich and Romney comes in last. A reporter came to our precinct table saying he had gone around the room of about 400 people and could not find anyone for Romney. Said he had plenty for Paul and Santorum. Didn't mention Gingrich. Mostly 20 somethings for Paul. I voted for Santorum. But my district is notoriously left of center.

    03/03/2012 9:02:55 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | March, 2012 | WDFW
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  • Gun club will ask to reopen shooting range

    03/01/2012 3:36:39 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies · 2+ views ^ | 29 February, 2012 | Christopher Dunagan
    BREMERTON — Kitsap Rifle and Revolver Club will be in court Friday to explain why its shooting range on Seabeck Highway should be allowed to reopen pending court appeals. The club's attorney, Brian Chenoweth, filed a motion asking Judge Susan Serko of Pierce County Superior Court to stay her order, which effectively closed the range until the club obtains land-use permits from Kitsap County. According to the legal pleadings, the court's injunction affects a property right of the club and should not be imposed until appeals are exhausted. "If the club's shooting ranges remain closed during the 18 to 24...
  • Romney, Santorum and Paul to campaign in Washington in advance of caucuses (this Saturday)

    02/29/2012 7:23:36 PM PST · by campaignPete R-CT · 5 replies · 3+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | February 29, 2011
    Three of the four major Republican presidential candidates will be in Washington state Thursday and Friday seeking support in advance of the Washington caucuses on Saturday. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, coming off an easy win in Arizona and a narrow victory in Michigan, has long been scheduled to hold a $1,000-per-person fundraiser in Bellevue on Thursday evening. UPDATE: The Romney campaign announced a "Meet and Greet with Mitt" at 8 a.m. Friday in Bellevue. Romney will appear at a Thursday afternoon rally in Idaho Falls. Idaho will hold its own presidential caucuses on Tuesday and Romney is expected to...
  • Seattle news illustrates why gun control doesn’t work(WA)

    02/29/2012 7:53:14 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 28 February, 2012 | Dave Workman
    Tuesday’s revealing report in the on-line explains the fallacy of gun control laws almost by accident: Two guys shot dead outside a restaurant last week may have killed each other, and it turns out neither could legally possess a firearm, much less carry one legally in public. The victims, both repeat felons with gang affiliations, have been identified as George Hendricks Jr., 44, and Lucky M. Dozier, 33… Hendricks was part of the 74 Hoover Crips… Dozier was affiliated with the Blood gang… The gunfight may have been over a woman, according to KOMO Radio news Tuesday morning. One...
  • Burien truck-jacking victim rammed into light pole, injuring gun-wielding suspect(WA)

    02/29/2012 6:30:20 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies · 1+ views ^ | 18 February, 2012 | NA
    On Feb. 18 around 7 p.m. a man was in his truck with his girlfriend when they saw a man trying to get into a Honda at the intersection of S. 152nd St. and 8th Ave S. in Burien. The man in the truck locked his doors and tried to drive around the suspect, but the suspect jumped into the back of his truck, started pounding on the roof and rear window while yelling, “Faster, faster!” When the victim turned around he saw the man had a gun pointed directly at him so he started speeding away and hitting the...
  • Fort Lawton turned over to the City of Seattle

    02/25/2012 5:19:05 PM PST · by matt1234 · 6 replies ^ | Feb. 25, 2012 | Staff
    Fort Lawton, the World War II era military facility and R.O.T.C. station in Seattle's Discovery Park closed on Saturday morning. The ceremony complete with cannon fire and a 21-gun salute, officially closed the 111-year-old post as it's being turned over to the city of Seattle. Once a sprawling U.S. Army base where one million men passed through on their way to World War II, much of the land was declared surplus and given to the city to become Discovery Park. The Army Reserves Center and complex that remained were vacated last September after the federal government's decision to close the...
  • Bad week ignites war on guns in Washington State

    02/25/2012 5:16:47 PM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies · 6+ views
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 24 February, 2012 | Dave Workman
    In the aftermath of Wednesday’s school shooting near Bremerton and Thursday’s slaying of a Washington State Patrol trooper near Gorst, gun prohibitionists are already talking about the Evergreen State’s allegedly weak laws. They’re getting some subliminal help from the Associated Press, which has managed to quote the Legal Community Against Violence, the Brady Campaign and Washington CeaseFire, and anti-gun State Sen. Adam Kline, but has mysteriously failed to quote anyone from the National Rifle Association or the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation or Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Call it press bias or just lazy reporting,...
  • Homeowner shoots would-be burglar(WA)

    02/22/2012 6:04:13 PM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies ^ | 17 February, 2012 | Staff
    SEATTLE -- Seattle police say a would-be burglar was shot early Friday by a homeowner in the city's Columbia City neighborhood. Police spokesman Mark Jamieson said the burglar was shot in the arm just before 2 a.m. at the home in the 5200 block of Rainier Avenue South. The wounded man ran off and was found by officers on a Metro bus about 14 blocks north of where he was shot. He was taken to a hospital and is expected to recover. Police initially said the shooting occured at a business, but later clarified that the building had been converted...
  • One-armed man sues Starbucks for not hiring him

    02/22/2012 2:15:30 PM PST · by matt1234 · 44 replies · 2+ views ^ | Feb. 21, 2012 | unknown
    A man who was born with half a left arm is suing Starbucks for failing to hire him as a barista. Eli Pierre sued the company in San Diego two weeks ago for unspecified damages. Pierre says that during a Feb. 1 interview for a San Diego job, the store manager told him that the coffee flavoring syrups were placed high up and a one-armed man couldn't work there. The discrimination suit claims that the former bartender was capable of doing the job but was never given a chance to fully explain his capabilities or possible accommodation as required under...
  • Kitsap Rifle & Revolver Club story illustrates problem with gun range conflicts(WA)

    02/18/2012 6:44:14 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 17 February, 2012 | Dave Workman
    Days after a Pierce County Superior Court judge ordered that the Kitsap Rifle and Revolver Club to shut down until it can obtain land-use permits, the controversy over how this club operated is sizzling. Located along the old Seabeck Highway, when the club was originally founded generations ago, there were not a lot of people living in the area. The noise from shooting didn’t bother anybody, because there wasn't anyone within earshot to be bothered. Nowadays, that has changed dramatically because human encroachment into former forest land has brought with it the almost obligatory conflict between gun ranges and people...
  • ROB WOUTAT | Gun club was off-target in its land use (barf alert)

    02/17/2012 6:22:07 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies · 1+ views ^ | 16 February, 2012 | Rob Woutat
    The outcome of Kitsap County vs. Kitsap Rifle and Revolver Club has undoubtedly brought relief to a lot of people in the northwest part of the county. Since the club began expanding its facilities in 2005, its neighbors have been bothered by increased noise from bulldozers and from larger and larger weapons, as well as by the threat of bullets flying beyond the club's embankments. Until 1993, the club had rifle and pistol ranges with cleared land between them, but then it began clearing more acres, grading the land, excavating wooded areas and using bulldozers to rearrange the earth for...
  • Homeowner Shoots Suspected Intruder Dead on 225th Pl. SW in Esperance(WA)

    02/09/2012 7:38:18 AM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies ^ | 8 February, 2012 | Brian Soergel
    A homeowner in the Edmonds neighborhood of Esperance shot and killed a suspected burglar Tuesday night, according to the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. A 911 call alerted the police to the shooting just after 8 p.m. at a house in the 8900 block of 225th Place Southwest, which is in unincorporated Snohomish County. It's a dead-end street off 90th Avenue West, which is north of 228th Street Southwest. The Sherriff's Office reports that the suspected intruder died at the scene. Detectives from the Sheriff's Major Crimes Unit are investigating the shooting. "It'll be a long night for our detectives," said...
  • GAB Will Not Attempt to Verify Recall Signatures (WI)

    02/07/2012 3:26:56 PM PST · by Sopater · 14 replies
    MacIver Institute ^ | February 7, 2012 | Bill Osmulski
    The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board is the state's election watchdog. On Tuesday, February 7, 2012 they announced they would not be verifying the signatures on the petitions to recall Governor Scott Walker. Moreover, they would not review, investigate or accept evidence of fraudulent signatures brought to their attention by or any third party groups. Only those officials targeted for recall, the GAB argued, can contest the validity of recall signatures. MacIver's Bill Osmulski Reports from Madison
  • Library right not to ban porn: Once a ban starts, it's hard to stop(WA)

    02/07/2012 7:56:35 AM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies ^ | 4 February, 2012 | Danny Westneat
    When the right-wing Second Amendment Foundation teamed up with the left-wing First Amendment foundation to sue the Eastern Washington library system for filtering out gun websites, it serves as a case study as to why the Seattle Public Library was right last week when it said it wasn't going to do anything about Internet porn. There's not much titillating about Women & Guns magazine. About as racy as it gets is a recent photo spread on "practical leather" — gun holsters and casual carry handbags for the lady who packs heat. With articles like "Taming Shotgun Recoil" and "Ammunition on...
  • Carrying a gun for defense should not be an issue(WA)

    02/06/2012 6:36:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies ^ | 4 February, 2012 | Floyd Hancock
    The headline reads “Mount Rainier shooting revives gun debate ...” (Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012). What debate? Self-defense is not debatable. Whether you are in a national park, a parking lot, or on a school ground or college campus, you must be aware of your surroundings and be capable of neutralizing any threat to your safety by any means at your immediate disposal. For some reason an H&N writer apparently feels there is some problem with the new law that permits lawful carry of concealed defensive firearms in state, local and national parks. Citing a shooting death in Washington’s Mount Rainier...
  • Woman plans to marry partially demolished building [calls it a "gay marriage"]

    01/27/2012 9:52:36 AM PST · by matt1234 · 42 replies ^ | 1/27/2012 | Staff
    A woman plans to marry a partially demolished building in Seattle on Sunday. Even though cranes have already started demo work at 10th and Union Warehouse, Babylonia Aivaz reports "I'm STILL Getting Married." "Yes, I'm in love with a 107 year old building!," writes Aivaz on the wedding invite page on facebook. The event will be a community potluck on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Aivaz writes that her relationship with the building began when she and a group of around 200 occupied the warehouse claiming it as a community space. "The warehouse is slated to be demolished...
  • Suspected intruder dies after being shot in La Center(WA)

    01/25/2012 9:44:27 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 24 January, 2012 | NA
    LA CENTER, WA (KPTV) - A suspected prowler at a La Center home has died after being shot by a homeowner early Tuesday morning, sheriff's deputies said. Clark County sheriff's deputies said they received a 911 call about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday about a prowler in the 900 block of northwest Pacific Highway. While deputies were on their way to the scene, the homeowner called 911 again, reporting he had shot the alleged intruder outside the house. When deputies arrived, they found Barry Parnel, 29, in the driveway. He had a gunshot wound to the chest and abdomen. Parnel was rushed...
  • What’s up with switchblade knife legislation?(WA)

    01/17/2012 1:47:43 PM PST · by marktwain · 37 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 16 January, 2012 | Dave Workman
    LAS VEGAS — There’s a new piece of legislation in Olympia aimed at defining a “switchblade” knife that contains what appears to be a contradictory, or at least confusing, definition that has some Second Amendment activists puzzled. This column will have a chance to speak to several of them during the next four days here at the annual Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade (SHOT) Show. They’re knife makers, whose wares will be just as much on display as new guns and other gear. Senate Bill 6179 says this about switchblades: "Switchblade knife" means any knife with a blade that is...
  • Bill would protect gun ranges from new noise laws (WA)

    01/17/2012 6:27:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies · 1+ views ^ | 15 January, 2012 | AP
    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A Washington state lawmaker wants to exempt shooting ranges from noise-related civil and criminal legal action. The Kitsap Sun reports that Democratic Rep. Dean Takko of Longview has introduced a measure that would require shooting ranges to conform to noise laws that existed when they were built and exempt them from later laws. The aim is to head off complaints from people building new homes next to a shooting range.
  • ALERT: WA Legislature to consider range protection…again

    01/12/2012 6:49:39 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 11 January, 2012 | Dave Workman
    Once again, the Washington Legislature is considering a measure that would protect shooting ranges, which are increasingly threatened by suburban sprawl that did not exist years ago when those facilities were originally constructed. Range protection bills have twice been passed in recent history only to have the sitting governors – both Democrats – veto the legislation. Perhaps, backers hope, the third time will be charmed. House Bill 1508 is scheduled to be heard by the House Judiciary Commitee on Thursday during a public hearing beginning at 10 a.m. in Hearing Room A of the John L. O’Brien building. This column...
  • Controversy erupts over ‘NRA’ license plate proposal(WA)

    01/11/2012 5:42:05 PM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 10 January, 2012 | Dave Workman
    The idea has been kicking around Washington State’s gun rights landscape for a few weeks, but now that a bill has been introduced to create an “NRA license plate” with funds going to hunter education, the battle lines are drawn and the gloves are definitely off. Sponsored by State Rep. Dean Takko, House Bill 2202 seems on the surface to be a good-intentioned idea. To read some of the comments left on the Seattle Times’ feedback pages, however, one might surmise that Takko’s bill is the Devil’s spawn. One guaranteed way to bring out the social bigots is to mention...
  • Fatal shooting in alleged Everett burglary ignites debate(WA)

    01/11/2012 5:08:50 PM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 10 January, 2012 | Dave Workman
    Monday’s fatal shooting of an alleged burglary suspect inside a South Everett home has elicited a tidal wave of emotion about personal protection, frustration over property crime and, naturally, the disdain for self-defense with firearms. At last check Tuesday, as this column was being prepared, KOMO’s on-line report about the shooting had nearly 400 reader reactions, and about three dozen more at the KIRO site and quite a few on the Everett Herald site. There would have been more, presumably, had the Seattle and KING opened their comment sections. The Seattle Times hardly mentioned the incident in their regional...
  • Alleged burglar fatally shot by homeowner in South Everett(WA)

    01/10/2012 6:58:04 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies ^ | 9 January, 2012 | Staff
    EVERETT, Wash. -- An alleged burglar was fatally shot at a home on Monday morning. The incident occurred at a home in the 10500 block of 21st Ave. SE at approximately 11:47 a.m. Snohomish County sheriff's deputies said the homeowner found the stranger in his home, and a confrontation ensued. During the argument, the homeowner opened fire, hitting the alleged burglar. The person was pronounced dead minutes later. Investigators have revealed few details about the incident. State law allows citizens to use deadly force when protecting themselves or their homes. The prosecutor will decide whether the use of force in...
  • A man with a gun

    01/05/2012 6:10:10 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies ^ | 4 January, 2012 | Caleb
    For Christmas, I picked up the Woolrich Elite Fleece Tactical Vest because I wanted a more discreet way to carry a full size handgun without having to resort to the “I’m a photographer/going fishing” vests that I have. As I mentioned previously, up here in the Pacific Northwest, a dude in a fleece vest is about as inconspicuous as you can get. There’s really only one month out of the year where it might look slightly out of place, but even in the summer we get temperatures that are chilly enough to justify wearing the vest. It’s comfortable, warm, and...
  • Stepping forward for a ‘Fallen Ranger’ – a gun rights forum(WA)

    01/04/2012 6:23:18 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 3 January, 2012 | Dave Workman
    While gun prohibitionists tried to exploit the New Year’s Day slaying of a Mount Rainier National Park ranger, a Seattle-based gun rights forum is already working to set up a memorial fund for Ranger Margaret Anderson’s family. Norm Gildroy, owner of and Wesley Sage, one of the forum’s moderators, moved quickly to demonstrate that it was a lone disturbed individual, not a culture or community, that took the 34-year-old Anderson’s life, stealing her forever from a husband and two small daughters, and a community that liked and respected her. This column already took a hard look at the exploitation,...
  • Home invasion ends with suspect’s stabbing(WA)

    01/03/2012 8:01:45 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies ^ | 1 January, 2012 | Jefferson Robbins
    CHELAN FALLS — Chelan County sheriff’s deputies said a man suspected of breaking into a Chelan Falls home was stabbed by the homeowner in self-defense. Suspect Joshua D. Rogge, 32, suffered stab wounds that were deemed not life-threatening. Deputies said the 49-year-old homeowner on Chelan Street called 911 about 9:30 p.m. Friday, reporting that Rogge had forced entry into the house armed with a baseball bat. The homeowner wielded a kitchen knife to defend himself. Rogge fled and was found at Lake Chelan Community Hospital after driving himself there for medical attention, deputies said. He was ailed after treatment on...
  • Massive manhunt after ranger slain at Rainier

    01/02/2012 10:54:47 AM PST · by An American! · 22 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 1/1/2012 | Mike Carter, Craig Welch, Steve Miletich and Jack Broom
    Park Ranger Margaret Anderson, a mother of two who was married to another ranger at the park, was shot about 10:30 a.m. Sunday after setting up a roadblock to stop a car that was fleeing another officer. A man who was being sought in the shooting of four people at a New Year's party in South King County early Sunday is suspected in the fatal shooting of a park ranger in Mount Rainier National Park later in the morning. ....Searchers flew over the park Sunday night in a plane with infrared equipment that picks up signs of body heat. Meanwhile,...
  • Mount Rainier shooting opens door for agenda pandering

    01/02/2012 9:16:17 AM PST · by rockrr · 43 replies ^ | January 2, 2012 | Dave Workman
    Four people shot in Skyway and hours later, the same “person of interest” is allegedly involved in the slaying of a Mount Rainier National Park ranger, and in the aftermath, a debate is erupting over a 2010 law that allowed private citizens to carry loaded firearms in national parks in accordance with the laws of the state in which the park is located. Congress lifted a ban on carrying loaded guns in national parks in February 2010 amid warnings by critics that the action would lead to gun violence and poaching.—Seattle Times KING 5 morning anchor Joyce Taylor also tried...
  • SAF brief demolishes Seattle's Supreme Court review request

    01/02/2012 6:26:07 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 1 January, 2012 | Dave Workman
    While many in Seattle woke up with headaches Sunday morning in a new year filled with more challenge than “hope and change,” attorneys for the Second Amendment Foundation, National Rifle Association, two other groups and five citizens may be giving the city another headache in a case with national implications. The year ended with the State Supreme Court getting a devastating 22-page response to the city’s earlier petition for the high court’s review of an Oct. 31 unanimous appeals court ruling against the city in its attempt to ban firearms from city parks property. The brief, from Seattle attorney Steven...
  • WI experience should be wake-up call to WA senators

    12/21/2011 4:17:53 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 20 December, 2011 | Dave Workman
    There’s a rush going on in Wisconsin that has nothing to do with Christmas, but it does offer a lesson to anti-gun politicians – including Washington State’s two U.S. Senators – that given the choice, citizens believe in being armed, and will exercise that civil right.. Since the new concealed carry statute took effect Nov. 1, the Wisconsin Department of Justice has been flooded with permit applications; more than 56,000 so far, and of those, at least 25,000 have so far been approved, while only a tiny fraction have been denied, according to two of the state’s largest newspapers, the...
  • Push on for stronger self-defense law in WA

    12/19/2011 4:03:14 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 18 December, 2011 | Dave Workman
    Washington State armed citizens are being lobbied to push for adoption of a proposed statute that will strengthen the Evergreen State’s lethal force self-defense law, a measure that was introduced in January and now waits for more co-sponsors. Leading the charge is veteran firearms instructor Marty Hayes, founder of the Firearms Academy of Seattle. His primary concern is a 2005 Supreme Court ruling in State v. Brightman, a case involving a man who, during the course of a fistfight over $20, pulled a gun and struck his opponent only to have the pistol discharge, fatally wounding Dexter Villa near Titlow...
  • Wolves killed AK teacher; report adds new fuel to NW wolf war

    12/14/2011 3:54:54 AM PST · by marktwain · 24 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 13 December, 2011 | Dave Workman
    With confirmation the other day by the Alaska Department of Fish & Game that at least two wolves were responsible for killing a young high school teacher, the debate about wolf management in the Pacific Northwest has erupted anew. Good news: The argument has spread to Minnesota, where the assertion by a Cal State sociology professor who classified wolf opponents as militia nuts has been rebutted by a Minnesota state senator using reason rather than vitriol in relation to that state’s effort to de-list wolves as an endangered species. In the mid-1990s, when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released...